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German health minister says it’s too early to tell if its partial Covid lockdown will be extended

German Health Minister Jens Spahn told CNBC on Wednesday it’s “too early to say” whether the country will extend its partial lockdown beyond the month of November, contending more time is needed to determine if the latest round of coronavirus restrictions has adequately reduced transmission.

“We need patience, actually, because the numbers of today actually are the infections that have taken place one week or more days ago,” Spahn said in an interview that aired on “Closing Bell.” “It will be the end of this week that we might see the results of the new lockdown light we have now.”

Germany’s seven-day average of new coronavirus is up almost 22% compared with a week ago, according to CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. The daily average of nearly 19,800 new diagnosed infections in the last week is an all-time high in the country, according to CNBC’s analysis.

“We still have an increase, yes, but a very much lower one than we have seen in the past days, last week, for example,” said Spahn, who has been federal health minister since 2018. However, on Wednesday, Germany reported its largest increase in deaths from Covid-19 since April, according to Reuters. Read from source….